"Of all the years he's been in here I think he's got control of his changeup earlier than he has before," Anderson said. "Watching him early in the year in years past, that's the pitch he's struggled with. But I noticed from the first time he started to throw on the side to batting practice, he's got a hold of that a little quicker this year."Santana said he felt much better about his second outing against Boston on Thursday. The left-hander threw 54 pitches during his three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while walking two and striking out three. The difference, though, was mainly in the fact that this time around, his misses were down in the zone. "I had better command today than I had last time," Santana said. "I'm making progress. It's a matter of time to get the feeling for all of your pitches, but right now I'm throwing everything." First impression: Left-hander Jose Mijares made his first outing of the spring in the ninth inning of the Twins' 1-0 victory over the Red Sox. Mijares' debut had been delayed after he missed some time this spring following the death of his brother, Jackson, who was shot and killed in Caracas, Venezuela. It was a rough start to the spring for Mijares, who had impressed the Twins last year during his first big-league camp. But Anderson said the Twins got a message of just where Mijares, 22, might be at even before he left camp to return to Venezuela. He had intially reported to Fort Myers about 25 pounds lighter and appeared on a mission to show he's matured as a pitcher. "I hardly recognized him when he walked into camp," Anderson said. "It showed you where he's at -- that he's taking the game a little more seriously. He has got a loose, live arm and keeps himself under control pretty well. I like this kid a lot." Across the state: The Twins split up their squad for two games on Thursday with the other half of the team heading to the east side of Florida to play the Cardinals in Jupiter. Despite not being able to see the Gold Coast game, Anderson was pleased with the news he heard on the pitching performances. Scott Baker started the game and was able to rebound from his first two outings as he pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Lefty Dennys Reyes made his spring debut in the contest and threw one scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and striking out two. Twins tidbits: Luis Castillo was back in the lineup Thursday after missing five games with a sore back. ... Sidney Ponson is the only pitcher in Twins camp that has yet to see action in a Grapefruit League game. Ponson is scheduled to pitch in Friday's game against the Dodgers at Vero Beach.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less